Dr. William Blake Bowler


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Specialty:Family / G.P.
Med. School:University of Western Ontario
Grad. Year: 1982

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Rating: 3.0 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 38 reviews. Dr. William Blake Bowler has a fair overall rating on RateMDs.com. neutral

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Family / G.P.-related: general practice, general care, family medicine, family practice, primary care
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 2745117
02/08/13 3 2 3 4 Insensitive and a male chauvinist. We got a new family doctor as soon as we could find one. I'm sorry but the cure to all illnesses and issues is not vitamin B and the treadmill. Definitely suffers with a superiority complex. No thanks.  Respond
10/03/13 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
25/01/13 SYSTEM: City changed from "London" to "Lucan" 
20/10/12 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "Blake" to "William Blake" 
20/10/12 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "B." to "Blake" 
29/07/12 SYSTEM: 1 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 2160403
25/05/12 2 3 1 1 Dr. Blake Bowler has a very poor bedside manner and can be quite nasty if challenged in any way. I believe his jock mentality gets in the way of his becoming an effective family physician. Quite frankly he is the worst doctor I've ever had.  Respond
RID: 1675032
03/01/12 2 2 2 1 The worst doctor ever!!! Don't waste ur time. He is going to prescribe u Advil and some rest, ****!! I had to go to the hositapal and they found a dangerous bacteria in my system. I was 4 days at the hospital with medications.  Respond
RID: 1643538
25/11/11 2 1 1 2 I know that I will be leaving this doctor very soon. He is unprofessional in may ways. I always feel not treated right. He does not listen; I feel rushed during every appointment. To get a specialist appointment from him takes long time and treatments with the wrong medications, before he will approve and refer the patient to the right specialist. I always have to argue with him and his staff to get my annual check up that I have a right on once a year (they say that the doctor only does them every two years). I am often treated with few wrong medications before he treats me with the right medication. I feel disrespected and not helped when I need doctors help and support.  Respond
RID: 1629684
09/11/11 5 5 3 4 I have been a patient of Dr bowler for about 5 years. I have always hated going to see him since I new he was always rushed...wasn't a good listener... mumbled so I never knew what he was saying... the nurse he used to have was AWFUL! Jane is a great nurse extremely helpful and considerate and Pat (the receptionist) takes some warming up... her depressed demeanor is just her way... she's actually quite nice. I've now gotten used to the way he speaks... fast... and mumbled so I understand what he's saying... I force my questions on him... which forces him to slow down... but he and Jane were really good with my new baby so I decided to stick it out with him.  See Responses
RID: 1564338
18/10/11 4 2 5 5 My family and I have been patients of Dr Bowler since he opened his practice in London. I agree that he is not quick to prescribe drugs but instead recommends change of diet, exercise and stretches. These things really work. Drugs should not always be the answer but unfortunately most people want a quick fix and are not willing to help heal themselves. I am just as busy as Dr. Bowler so I go in with a list and quickly say what I am there for and not waste any time with chit chat. Time is money for him and I have never found him to be rude or that he did not listen to my concerns. It does take some time to get an appointment and be prepared to wait but I believe that is the fault of our health care system and every dr is the same. His assistant Alice was always helpful and I find the new person just as nice. I agree about Pat that she easily gets flustered but I find if you are patient and friendly with her she is much better.  Respond
RID: 1504225
04/08/11 4 4 4 4 i have been a patient for about 4 years. Agree with those who say dr bowler is to the point and direct. he does not seem especially inclined to engage in a lot of small talk. i have found you need to be quick to describe your ailment and be prepared to handle a quick and speedy diagnosis. whether good or bad, i don't know. my full physucals have gone efficiently and well. no complaints.  Respond
RID: 1495991
26/07/11 2 1 1 1 I was with Dr. Bowler for 4 years and recently had the guts to finally be done with him. This man thinks he is God's gift to everyone. He will not listen to another doctor's advice. He will stand at the door with his hand on the knob, while you are trying to explain your problems and then give you the same diagnosis EVERY TIME! In my case, he couldn't see past my weight and when I noticed a lump growing he kept telling me I was fat. After an infection in the lump landed me in the ER I was given a diagnosis. Which they reported to Bowler. He refused to acknowledge it and said, I just needed to lose weight. Fortunately, I dropped the man, unfortunately, I didn't do it quick enough. The lump is now so huge I cannot walk and I am happy to report my new doctor was so concerned she contacted a surgeon immediately. I will be having it removed soon. DO NOT GO TO BOWLER! He may kill you!  Respond
RID: 1491176
20/07/11 3 1 2 2 Have been going to Dr. Bowler for a couple of years. Tried to be treated by stress, fatigue, constant headaches. Does not take the time to listen to my issues and concerns. Try to put everything in writing so have some history of my concerns and prescription use. Agree that the receptionist is not very friendly, although the new nurse seems to be alright. Agree with another comment about have signs posted in all treatment rooms to not go to a walkin clinic, because HE won't be compensated!  Respond
RID: 1487946
15/07/11 5 5 5 5 I have been a patient of Dr. Bowler for more than 5 years. He is very professional, a very efficient and to the point if you give him a gist of your concern. He is like all doctores constricted in his time for a patient by OHIP. I've found Dr. Bowler to be very friendly as well. His supportive stuff is an excellent.  Respond
RID: 1472740
25/06/11 1 3 1 3 Poor listening skills,asked me a question while speaking to nurse, left room and came back asking me if I wanted a prescription for sleeping pills  Respond
22/05/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1407008
05/04/11 1 2 1 4 terrible service the receptionist has no customer service skills  Respond
RID: 1343557
21/01/11 2 1 1 1 He is always late.. never apologetic. always the same thing.. doesnt listen. NO bedside manner at all.. rude most of the time  Respond
27/09/10 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1171811
18/05/10 1 1 1 1 Worst doctor I have ever met. Stay away from this one - alway on holiday and will NOT listen to your symptoms. Will tell you to stretch or take vitamins  Respond
RID: 1161896
03/05/10 3 3 1 1 My husband goes to Dr. Bowler and it is IMPOSSIBLE to get him to go after his horrible experiences. Dr. Bowler gave him poor advice that a walk-in doctor balked at. He is constantly unavailable and going on vacation. When my husband went in with mental health concerns 3 times, Dr. Bowler refused to refer him to a psychiatrist and told him to take vitamins. HUGE JERK! Don't go to him!!  Respond
RID: 1147574
12/04/10 1 2 2 3 Although Alice is wonderful I find Dr Bowler's receptionist Pat to be rude and easily flustered. She seems like someone who is overwhelmed with life and patients are an inconvenience.Dr Bowler himself is knowledgeable but hot and cold to the point that I get nervous going to see him because I don't know which Bowler I'm going to get. If the patient ahead of you ticked him off then you will know it within seconds of him entering and then you will know that you wasted your time coming in. He is not above belittling patients when he has an off day. When he is in a good mood, he is very kind and thorough. He often keeps the door half open, which makes me uncomfortable but he gives very good advice for stretches and exercises. I would not recommend him to others unless you are someone who doesn't get ill and just goes in for physicals every few years.  Respond
RID: 1096405
03/02/10 3 2 2 3 In and out of the examining room quickly. Like he wants to get rid of me fast. I'd like to change doctors one that would show a little concern,  Respond
RID: 1075278
12/01/10 5 5 4 4 I Have been Dr Bowlers patient since the middle of 2005. He has an excellent staff who are polite and helpful. Appointments are easy to get - usually with-in 3 to 7 days depending on urgency. The one time I needed to see a doctor immediately his staff directed me the emergency department. The wait in the office is never more than 15 minutes. Dr Bowler's bed-side manner is direct and to the point. Small talk is kept to a bare minimum. I have found him to be knowledgeable and helpful. My requests to him for specific help have always been met. If you are looking for a doctor who is efficient and to the point I would highly recommend Dr Bowler. However, if you are looking for a close doctor patient relationship with lots of small talk and hand-holding then I would recommend you look elsewhere.  Respond
RID: 1043542
26/11/09 1 2 1 1 Wow, Dr. Bowler was my doctor for three years... but I survived! Whenever I got sick I would give him a call and try to make an appointment but inevitably end up going to a walk-in clinic instead because he couldn't see me. They have signs posted in the office telling you not to go a walk-in clinic. If you can't get an appointment with him they want you to go to the ER. Apparently OHIP dings them if you go to a clinic. OHIP has gotten this right. Anyhow, I've always received better treatment at walk-in clinics and the doctors are more knowledgeable. I'm not saying that the clinics are good. I'm saying that I feel a lot safer going to a clinic than to Dr. Bowler. The staff is incredibly rude and argumentative, and Dr. Bowler himself has more of a bed-pan manner than a bedside manner.  Respond
RID: 1035163
16/11/09 5 5 5 5 I have been a patient of his for 2 years now and even though I dont see him often, when I do I find that he is very personable and friendly. His staff is amazing and I never seem to wait for more than 15 minutes. I am very happy with him and would reccomend him to anyone I know.  Respond
RID: 1020173
28/10/09 1 3 1 1 We have been patients since July 2009 and are actively looking for a new doctor already. VERY unhappy patients here and are back going to walk-in clinics until we find another new doctor. Most patients don't like their doctor rolling their eyes the entire time they are explaining their medical problems and/or history. Nor are patients expecting their doctor to 'wash their hands' of a continous health problem - usually a referral of some sort is in order vs. being told "there is nothing more we can do for you".  Respond
RID: 656791
05/08/08 4 2 1 3 Dr. Bowler has nice staff and that is his biggest asset. He doesn't listen well and often stands half way out the door way when a patient is asking him a question. I don't get ill often so I don't see him much but I would appreciate being listened to when I do go. I also have difficulty with his office hours as he has no day of the week that he is open past 4. This is very difficult to work around when I don't have sick days in my new job. I used a walk in clinic recently but it has been made clear to me that dr. Bowler will be penalized when patients use walk in clinics. I don't know what my options are. I would transfer but I don't want to offend anyone or put a black mark on my record. I suspect new doctors are weary of those who change doctors without moving...  Respond
RID: 656047
04/08/08 5 4 4 4 I have been told that a Doctor is only as good as his nurse...and in this case "Alice" is it!! I was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall and the compassion was there and they made me feel like they were going to do everything to help me to get the right surgeon and specialists. Alice has worked in hospital and therefore knows the names and history of many specialists. Yes, they can keep you waiting sometimes, but I would like everyone to receive the same kind of care and sometimes it just takes longer to console a patient or give news not expected. Dr Bowler has also worked in the U.S. so I imagine things are quite different there and he is readjusting. I believe is all about preventitive medicine and that's the reason for the diet and exercise questions.  Respond
RID: 655861
03/08/08 5 4 5 5 Good knowledge of conventional and alternative treatments. Always friendly and helpful. Doesn't make you wait long to see him.  Respond
RID: 511397
11/02/08 3 1 1 1 Not impressed with the service. 1.5 hr wait and only one patient ahead of me. I have been a vehicle accident a few years ago and I have problems due to the accident. He will is not interested int referring me to any specialist, his only advise is to do stretches. My physiotherapist is also not pleased with him either. I feel like I am not heard and this is a no win situation.  Respond
RID: 463948
13/12/07 4 4 4 4 Dr. Bowler's nurse (Alice) is fantastic! I really appreciate her!!! We have had Dr. Bowler as our physician for just over a year now and I have to say that he is very knowledgeable. He seems nice; however I would like to say that he talks very quickly and with all my visits and there has been many, he rushes. I feel like he just wants to get it over with and I don't feel like I'm important. He doesn't seem relaxed and always stands to talk to you. On two visits that were not long,... he walked over to the door and opened it half way standing there as we were still discussing the issue I was there for. I kind of felt embarrassed because there was little privacy. Why the rush? I trust that he knows his stuff so my biggest suggestion is to slow down, look your patients in the eye and let them know that they are important by giving them a reasonable amount of time to discuss their situation with you. : ) Question: Why is it that we have to pay a fee because he decided to move his office??  Respond
RID: 463859
13/12/07 1 1 1 3 Should I have another option I wouldn't hesitate to change Dr. Bowler for another one. I've found Walk Up Clinic Doctors to be much more helpful.  Respond
RID: 460952
10/12/07 1 1 2 3 Wait time is atrocious -> 2h+. The reception staff are incredibly rude. Not only did I have to be screened before he would take me on as a patient (what a sad state our health care system is in when doctors can pick and choose their patients), but I had to schedule an appt to have bloodwork/a history taken (when my history was taken when I screened) before I could have an appt for what I really needed (an okay for some anaesthesia for my wisdom teeth); they made no effort to do both things at once. I then had to schedule another appt to get my blood work and another (the day after) for my anaesthesia okay. FOUR appts. *shakes head* Bowler also seems to be mainly concerned with diet/exercise/weight, even when other problems (what my appt is for) need to be addressed. He seems to pick and choose what he wants to listen to/address. If it weren't for the shortage and the difficulty in finding another doctor, I'd have another one by now.  Respond
RID: 455703
03/12/07 3 3 4 5 I like him and have found him willing to spend a few minutes even though I have only had to go for medication repeats. I have not been to his new office but disliked the staff at the other office as they were rude, and inefficient. I was referred to a specialist and had to call them several times to remind them. When I finally got the appointment it was the wrong date and the specialist called to see why I was not there. The biggest problem is that life long medication requires frequent visits that my former Dr (now in the US) gave for 1 year at a time. I did not mind the wait as it is only for a few minutes and almost expect it these days. I am happy he took me when my Dr left.On the phone the receptionist this time was very nice. I think it is a new one.  Respond
RID: 454949
03/12/07 5 5 5 5 After relying on Walk In Clinics for years...now there's another service that needs ratings, Dr. Bowler is a god send. Can be a little slow but heck after dealing with walk in's I can deal with that. Great staff and a MUCH BETTER location now that he has moved his office.  Respond
RID: 449358
24/11/07 5 4 5 5 I think Dr. Bowler is a very nice Dr. and has taken the time to explain my med's and the side effect they will have in terms normal people can understand. He has also given me recommendations for my diet so I won't need to take them as often. Most of the complaints I see here are I believe time related. If you don't speak up and ask he's not going to answer your question, he has other people waiting to see him just like you waited. He has also just moved to a new office that is much nicer. The staff he has is as good as they get so I don't know why anyone would be complaining about them.  Respond
RID: 429351
15/10/07 3 1 1 4 I loved his nurse, Alice. But although I don't doubt Dr. Bowler's professional knowledge, he only ever asked the same two questions: "Are you eating well? And exercising?". No doubt important to one's health but he would never ask past that. He never tried to come to the root of the problem, and I was constantly frustrated that he would only ever perscribe one month at a time for thyroid medicine that I will need for a lifetime and is very stable. The wating room times were bad, and I just don't have the time to do take time off work for 2-3 hours every 4 weeks. Even the pharmacist was a bit exasperated at his perscription quirk. So despite the shortage I am going to try my luck finding someone else.  Respond
RID: 422315
01/10/07 5 2 3 4 I am very glad to have a family doctor and I'm satisfied with Dr. Bowler. My only constructive criticism is that he is hot and cold depending on the day and how busy he is. Sometimes I will go and he will be cheerful, helpful and friendly. Other times, he is abrupt and has even been flat out rude to me because he misunderstood something his nurse said that pertained to someone else. He did not apologize. It really depends on the day and how busy he is, but on the whole he is quite good. His nurse is EXCELLENT and I can't say enough good things about her. She is friendly, efficient, and helpful.  Respond
RID: 366584
14/07/07 1 1 1 2 He is less helpful then a walk in clinic and most of the time that is what i use instead of him. With doctors like him the doctor shortage seems all the more extreme. I only hope things get better and we all can get great doctors again.  Respond
RID: 295364
23/04/07 5 5 5 We have seen Dr. Bowler for the last 10 months.As in any new venture it took some time to get things up and going smoothly. Our last few visits have been punctual, helpfull and enjoyable. Added bonus, Dr. Bowler has a nurse that works only with him - they are very caring and thorough. Two thumbs up for Dr. Bowler and his nurse Alice!!  Respond
RID: 287571
18/04/07 1 5 5 I find that Dr. Bowler is a kind man very considerate. While he does tend to rush you so that sometimes you feel like you are not being heard, he is the only Dr. that would take me on and for that I'm glad!  Respond
RID: 215635
20/03/07 4 5 5 Was without a family physician for over 3 years relying on walk in clinics - ugh! Dr Bowler took me as a patient a year ago. So far so good. Excellent service, great bedside manner, compassionate. Only negative his appointments can run a tad behind so be prepared for a bit of a wait at times.  Respond
RID: 193831
13/03/07 4 5 5 Dr. Bowler is a fantastic doctor - very thorough, very knowledgeable and very caring. We are new patients and we feel blessed that he took us into his practise.  Respond
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